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How to Easily Move to a New Apartment … and Have it Decorated in Under One Week!



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Yes … you read the title correctly! I am writing this post again because this method worked WONDERS for me back in 2018 when I moved into my previous apartment. The tips below will ensure you not only have a seamless move … but also are able to set up your new home within one week! Yes, one week! Some of these tips might seem a bit out of the box … but keep an open mind as these methods will truly make your move go a smoothly as possible. (I used Piece of Cake movers in NYC, and they were the BEST! If you’re moving in New York, I HIGHLY recommend them!)

1. Order everything (yes, including furniture) BEFORE moving to your new home

I know this may seem silly to most of you, but hear me out. If you’re already paying for a moving truck, then it shouldn’t cost too much more to have them move your new furniture as well as the items you already own. Ordering and setting up your new furniture in your old home before moving will ensure that once you move, you won’t have to assemble anything. The movers will just place your NEW furniture EXACTLY where you want it in your new home! If necessary, you can also order furniture beforehand and have it delivered to your new apartment on the day of your move or the day after. I also did this and it was SUCH a time saver! (there were some items I ordered that were back-ordered, so even though most of my apartment has been decorated, my main apartment reveal won’t be until August!)

2. Create your own floor plan

Many people make the mistake of just using the floor plan the landlord or management company provides for you. This is a big no-no! Once you sign your lease, make sure to take exact measurements of every wall & crevice in your new home. This will help you decide what furniture you want to keep and what furniture you’ll need to buy! I suggest using http://www.planyourroom.com/ for visually mapping out where you want items to go into your new space.

3. Book your moving company as early as you can

Many people just choose the first link they see on Google when it comes to finding a moving company. This is the WORST thing you can do! Always make sure to use Yelp to find movers that will fit your needs. I found Piece of Cake movers on Yelp, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did were they SO patient with me during my move, but they also took EXTRA measures to make sure all my furniture arrived damage-free to my new home. I am constantly hearing horror stories from people about moving companies. Whether it’s overcharging or breaking valuable items, the stories are endless. The one thing I am always shocked at when hearing these stories is how people rarely read reviews of movers online. Most of the time, people will click on one of the first links that pop up on google (usually an ad), and immediately give them their money. This is a huge no-no!

4. Pack like you’ve never packed before

Let me explain: You’re going to want to pack SO well that, as soon as you open your boxes, you can immediately start placing items and storing clothes in/on the furniture that’s in your brand-new home (refer to tip #1 ;))!

  •  Don’t take clothes off of hangers

Whether it’s investing in a wardrobe box or packing your clothes in regular boxes, always make sure to keep your hangers on your clothes. This saves SO MUCH time when it comes to packing/unpacking. In addition, you’ll want to tie a ribbon or hair tie around sets of clothing as it will allow you to find & hang your clothes more quickly (tank tops, pants, blouses, dresses etc.)!

  • Label your boxes with stickers

Have some fragile boxes? Mark them with red stickers. Have boxes that aren’t fragile? Mark them with green stickers. This not only helps you locate where your items are but also helps the movers quickly identify what items are breakable and what items aren’t.

  •  Utilize large Ziplock bags

Instead of just throwing items into a box, utilize plastic bags to separate similar items. For example, all my hair gels, hair sprays, hair appliances etc. were packed in the same box but separated with plastic bags. This made unpacking a breeze! I even used bags to separate my clothing. Separating your items in your boxes will make your unpacking go 10x faster!

5. Visually plan where your decor will go before the big move

Yes, this may change when you move in. However, deciding where decorations should go can take HOURS. I mean, sometimes I spend the entire day figuring out whether or not my candle should sit on my coffee table or dresser LOL. But anyways, creating a mood board of which decor you want in what room before the big move will save you so much time and stress.


Again, the #1 must-have when moving is a great moving company. Piece of Cake movers literally saved my sanity in ways I can’t explain. Will you be trying any of these tips out for your next move? If so, let me know! You can also check out my book, Rental Style, for more amazing tips on moving in a large city!

XO, Chelsey

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